Polly and Athena,
As I knew few educators before becoming one, Harry has always been a champion and inspiration for my work. I admired the way he talked about his students, the way he held a zest for academic life close to his heart, and had an undying passion for life long discovery both in book learning and in cultural experience. He was an exemplar. Harry always: asked about my students, asked about my own growth as a learner, and posed thoughtful and meaningful questions that enriched my practice and made it more intentional. While many people inquire about the life of a teacher, I have seldom felt more supported and encouraged than in my discussions with him about it; he had the rare ability to both spark ideas and galvanize energy around intentional pedagogy. Athena, your own insistence and example that I go to college, that I do good and meaningful work, that I find something satisfying and humanitarian to dedicate myself to is only more evidence of the kind of man he was and the kind of family you created together. You have all been a powerful force in my life. Polly, as Brett and I have moved into a new part of our lives as newlyweds this year, know that your and Harry's union has and will continue to be a model of equal parts intellectual complement and true friendship. You have been an example to us.
Brett and I love you both very much and will do anything we can to solace your heavy hearts. Happy birthday Harry.